Gully Boy | Review

No mincing words, no flinching courage, With heads held high comes the convoy, The commotion starts, emotions rise, Look to your right, Enter Gully Boy!! Well, the movie has got me pumped and my sleepy poet awake. Joyce Meyer put it aptly when he said, “ Words are containers for power. You choose what kind…

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga | Review

The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgement regarding Section 377 on Sep 2018 lifting the 158-year-old archaic law that prohibited ‘unnatural offenses’ in terms of sexual intercourse against the order of nature of any man, woman or animal. Being highly subjective in its verbiage, Section 377 had become a weapon for anyone and…

Thackeray | Review

In the year 1925, just the year before Bal Keshav Thackeray was born, the first volume of the National Socialism manifesto was published. It was written by a young man who had traveled to Vienna from his hometown in Austria to become an artist. However, during his travails, his worldview began to shape into an…

Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi | Review

There is something really alluring about powerful female characters. From being mere aberrations to helming entire projects on their shoulders, strong female protagonists have come a long way in trailing a blaze in the hitherto male-worshiping Bollywood. Indian history itself has not been kind to female bravehearts who have been reduced to the end pages…

Uri : The Surgical Strike | Review

If you are a regular follower of Indian politics, then you will surely have come across the copious amount of memes with ‘Kadi Ninda’ (strong condemnation) as the punch phrase. For the longest time, an average Indian politician cut a sorry figure post the umpteen infiltration and terrorist activities perpetrated on our soil. They came…

Pihu is the most difficult film you have ever watched

There are times when film-makers break out of the mundane Bollywood convention with scripts so bold and quixotic that it seems like a miracle that something like that even saw the light of release. After years of stagnation and an inexplicable apathy towards experimental cinema, Bollywood is finally breaking out of its comfort zone and…

Indian Horror is coming of age and Tumbbad shows how

Netflix’s Ghoul introduced us to a kind of horror that was very uncharacteristic for what we have been used to in Bollywood. There were none of the distracting tropes that acted merely as fillers until the next jump-scare. Ghoul’s unremitting personality pulled us into its dystopian gloom through its atmosphere that was layered deliciously over…

Sui Dhaaga weaves together an instant classic

In the razzmatazz of a service economy, we have somehow forgotten the fact that India was a land of riches and opportunity. During the 1700s, under the reign of the Mughal Empire, India accounted for a quarter of the world’s GDP making it the most powerful and self-reliant economy in the world. It was only…

Gali Guleiyan is why I write about Film

In the dingy back-alleys of a forgotten Delhi, decrepit buildings find themselves entangled with overhanging electrical wires covered with the soot and grime of everyday life. Somewhere inside one of those tenements, lives a man who sits in front of a TV set peering intently into the goings-on. His face is contorted with a deep-seated…

Stree | Review

When the Ramsay brothers directed their first horror film in 1972, little did they know that it would spawn a stream of parallel cinema which would never become a part of mainstream Bollywood, but would rather create its own cult following. This cult following which may have started out by ardent horror enthusiasts doesn’t stand…

Gold | Review

Kishan Lal was born in colonial India in the year 1917. He was the captain of the first Indian team which won the Olympics Gold medal in 1948 under the Indian Tricolour. A born leader, talismanic figure of Indian hockey and later a successful coach and commentator, Kishan Lal was honoured with the Padma Shri…

Mulk | Review

The history of Religion is fraught with violence. A definitive set of tenets can only work when you can boast of a massive population that follows them. However, not everyone would be sympathetic to your beliefs so war became a method for powerful regimes to impose their religious doctrines on relatively secular states which held…